"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
*Empirical evidence from a huge variety of languages including English,
Hebrew and Russian
*Non-partisan approach means that empirical research evidence is discussed
without subscribing to either of the two main theoretical perspectives
*Includes material concerning the impact of frequency on the acquisition of
This volume investigates the linguistic development of children with regard
to their knowledge of the verb and its grammar. The selection of papers
brings to researchers and in particular psycholinguists empirical evidence
from a wide variety of languages from Hebrew, through English to Estonian.
The authors interpret their findings with a focus on cross-linguistic
similarities and differences, without subscribing to either a UG-based or